Mall demolition gathers steam

A demolition crew is on the scene Friday morning in Cloverdale.

The demolition crew is making headway at the old Cloverdale Mall, slated for redevelopment.

By Friday morning, nearly all of the former Safeway anchor store’s walls and roof had been demolished, and two large excavators were busy pulling apart the walls of the mall’s atrium.

The ceiling of the atrium and the mall’s north wing are still largely intact, but it appears it won’t be long before much of the building disappears into a pile of rubble.

Building materials such as massive wood timbers and other recyclables are being taken to recycling and reclamation facilities, slowing the demolition process somewhat.

Demolition began in earnest Feb. 8 and is expected to take a few weeks.

The mall – built in 1973 and located on city of Surrey property – is being torn down to make way for a new development called Cloverdale West Village, a mix of commercial and residential units.

Construction on the project’s first phase is expected to get underway later this year.

Phase one will consist of a single wood-frame, five-storey building with 22,000 square feet of commercial space, an underground parking lot and 100 residential units on the southwest portion of the site.

The first phase will include a new home for the Cloverdale Legion that’s about the same size as the current branch at 10,000 square feet.